Autograph letter to the conductor Siegfried Ochs. Signed in full. Hugo WOLF.

Autograph letter to the conductor Siegfried Ochs. Signed in full.

On a postal card. Dated Vienna, October 20, 1893. In black ink. In German (with translation).

Wolf writes to conductor Siegfried Ochs suggesting Gesang Margits from Das Fest aus Solhaug (1891) for his concert.

"It just occurred to me that you could take Margit's Song from the Festival at Solhaug into the program. If you like the piece and think it is effective, you'd have a soprano piece. Of course, I'd be happy if you could include another one of the songs, one of the ones that I suggested in my last letter..."

Slightly worn and browned.

Wolf experienced a great deal during his turbulent life, but was lucky to have a number of supportive friends and colleagues that helped him as much as they were able. In the 1890s, Wolf was coming down from a high point in his career with the success of his Mörike-Lieder and Eichendorff-Lieder. One of his advocates at the time was the conductor Siegfried Ochs (1858-1929), director of the Berlin Philharmonic Choir. In Ochs, "... Wolf found a kindred spirit. Ochs, the greatest choral conductor of the time, was also an extremely entertaining and witty companion, and Wolf much enjoyed his gift of musical parody, even when he found himself the victim of it." Walker: Hugo Wolf, p. 307.

Ochs was arranging a concert in Berlin to feature Wolf's orchestral arrangements of his Elfenlied (arr. 1891) and Der Feuerreiter (arr. 1892).

In the present letter, Wolf suggests the Gesang (or Ballade) Margits from his incidental music for Ibsen's Das Fest aus Solhaug. Ochs apparently did like the piece as it was included on the January 1894 concert. Although the larger pieces were a success, the shorter works were not, as Wolf reports: "Margit and Anakreons Grab were simply not understood, either by the conductor, by the singers, or by the audience. They were, so to speak, rejected. On the other hand the public went after the Elfenlied like a bear after honey. They didn't know how to contain themselves in their delight." Walker, p. 333.

An interesting letter from Wolf to his friend and collaborator Ochs. Item #31323

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